Order of the Rising Sun bestowed upon UH Mānoa professor

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Dyan Kleckner, (808) 956-6099
Communications Specialist, UH Communications
Brent Suyama, (808) 956-9524
Associate Director, UH Communications
Posted: Jul 10, 2019

LINK TO VIDEO AND SOUND (details below): https://bit.ly/30wo55o 

WHAT:  Imperial Decoration Ceremony presentation of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, one of the highest awards for a non-Japanese citizen. 

WHO:  In honor of Bob Huey, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Japanese literature professor

WHEN:  Wednesday, July 10, 2019

WHERE:  Consulate General of Japan, Honolulu facility in Nuʻuanu 


  • The Order of the Rising Sun is the third highest honor bestowed by the Japanese government and one of the highest awards for a non-citizen of Japan. 

  • Honolulu Consul General Koichi Ito presented the medal to Huey for his contribution to the development of Japanese studies in the United States and strengthening the friendly relationship and mutual understanding between Japan and the U.S.

  • Huey’s research areas include classical and medieval Japanese poetry, Japanese culture in the Ryukyu Kingdom and Okinawan studies.

  • In addition to his efforts as an educator, Huey has been a member of the University of Ryukyu’s Management Council over the last decade.

  • Huey joins a handful of UH Mānoa faculty who have received the Order of the Rising Sun.


BROLL: (1 minute 25 seconds)

0:00-0:49, 6 clips: shots of ceremony

0:49-1:25, 7 clips: group shots, after the ceremony


Bob Huey, UH Mānoa Japanese literature professor and Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon recipient (:13) 

“It was really moving to realize how many people make up a career not just the person who does it, but the team that works with them. So to me, this award honors that whole group.” 

“I was happy to be able to share this with our graduate students because I want them to understand at an early stage in their career the value of moving outside the university and into the community.”(:10)


Gay Satsuma, UH Mānoa associate director of the Center for Japanese Studies (:22) 

“It recognizes his accomplishments, his contributions in publications, in teaching, in really building the infrastructure necessary for us to have a world-class Japanese studies program at the University of Hawaiʻi.”